10 Weeks Until Mercer Island Half Marathon 2016

This week was my first week at my new job. The job itself is great, it’s just getting there and back that’s the frustrating part. It’s in Bellevue, where my last job was. But unfortunately, I still live in Tacoma. So I have to wake up super early to get my morning workout in before showering, getting dressed and driving about an hour and a half to two hours to get to work (due to the awful morning traffic) by 8:30 a.m.

I’m trying to get myself into the habit of waking up earlier, which is happening gradually, I guess. But I’m still working on moving closer to work so I don’t feel like I’m wasting so much time just getting there and back. My training went ok this week. I guess the struggle of getting back to work after a four-day weekend totally drained me on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so I didn’t run, which meant I had to make it up on Friday and Saturday. I was also planning to do an NRC 5K this morning, but unfortunately, the weather wasn’t cooperating so I just skipped over to running errands instead.

As far as my actual training goes, I think I’m slowly improving. I finally got my arms to work at pushing me forward on my runs, which makes my shoulders and back burn a bit, but I guess I’m just adjusting to the proper form. The squat challenge is going well also. I’m not sure if I can see a difference yet, but hopefully in two more weeks, I’ll see if it was worth it.

Other than that, I’m just trying to adjust to my new schedule and incorporate my freelance responsibilities as well, which will force me to bring my laptop with me everyday so I can get my work done on time. That will also free my weekends up so I can actually relax after my workouts. I decided not to take on any more freelance clients until these two are taken care of. I may just stick to one client at a time from now on though. My plate is full enough.

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